Renowned director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has been selected for the 'J C Daniel Award-2016', Kerala Government's highest honour for outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema.
The annual award, named after J C Daniel, who made the first silent movie in Kerala, was announced by the Office of the Minister for Cinema A K Balan in a statement here today. The award, conferred by the state government annually in recognition of an individual's contribution to Malayalam cinema, comprises Rs 1 lakh and a citation.
It will be presented to Gopalakrishnan during the state film award distribution function to be held at Thalassery. His debut feature film 'Swayamvaram' (1972) went on to win the national award for best film, best director, best cameraman and best actress.
He has since received the National award for best director five times, best screenplay twice and best film two times. Some of his other works include 'Elippathayam,' 'Mukhamukham', 'Anantaram', 'Mathilukal', 'Vidheyan', 'Kathapurushan' and 'Nizhalkkuthu.'